Well, the Paddy’s Day game against Northampton Saints didn’t produce the result that we all wanted, but I thought the Club put on a great day. A crowd of over 15,000 shows that move to Brentford is starting to pay off. There was so much going on both inside and outside the stadium.

For our part, the Supporters Club committee made the presentation of a cheque for £3,000 to Patrick O’Grady, the Academy Manager. The Academy will use the funds to purchase GPS units for the younger Academy players, to enable Patrick’s management team to monitor the players training and playing for their schools and rugby clubs. One of the principles of the Supporters Club is to help and support the Academy.

Our thanks go to London Irish for helping us to organise the presentation, and for promoting LISC on the day and on the stadium screens, with especial thanks to Kelly Adey for her help.

Cheque Presentation during the Gallagher Premiership rugby match between London Irish and Northampton Saints at The Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford, London on March 26 2022. – PHOTO: Danny Loo/PPAUK

In conjunction with Patrick O’Grady we are planning an evening meeting at Hazelwood, for Patrick to talk about the work of the Academy, with several of the Academy players in attendance, talking about playing, training, and unfortunately injuries. Members will also be able to attend the meeting via Zoom. Details to follow in due course.

After the success of our last Past and Present players online evening, with Barry Everitt and Lovejoy Chawatama, we are planning further events. The next will also double as a 20th anniversary celebration of our 2002 Powergen Cup Final victory over Northampton. I felt like I needed to say that after last Saturday! Again details to follow very shortly.

Just a reminder to everyone that we have launched our new range of Wolfhounds clothing and merchandise. It is available for you all to order on line via the LISC.uk website. I have already purchased hoodies, beer glasses, golf umbrellas, and other items they look great. The range available will steadily increase as we move on.

I hope you all enjoy today’s match, and let’s hope for the right result. Apparently there will be over 1,000 Quins supporters at the game, so we will need to be loud and proud today.

Jerry Browne